I sent in three poems in response to the Ekphrastic Challenge, this painting by Ismael Nery. None was published, but please take a look at the chosen pieces. Kerfe has a poem that is instantly recognisable as hers.


In the dark
in the light
the men march

faces forward
or profiled in moonlight
all the same

and I feel the cold
of open graves
when they pass

hoping they won’t see
the slight form in the shadows
that is me

hoping the blank stare
that offers no hope
no justice no pity

will find another.
I’ll look away
half-life better than none.

These days
this war
there are no heroes
not anymore.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

20 thoughts on “Marching”

  1. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t looked at Ekphrastic Review lately. I like this image, and your poem. It is kind of chilling that half life and war. I think this image can be viewed in so many different ways.

    1. I think you’re right. I’m not sure I even noticed the title. It’s supposed to be an ekphrastic prompt, so I’m not sure what the story behind the painting has to do with it. I went divisive instead of inclusive 🙂

  2. The ambiguities of war is just right for this image. The short lines and verses give it just the right rhythm too.
    I’ve given up trying to figure out the selection process for anything I submit…(K)

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